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Excuse me, that's Frahnkindooster! ;-)

Ok, here's Frankenduster, the illegitimate stepchild of Lumberjock memLance's much more successfully designed "Converted HF DC" from a couple of months ago. His project can be found at:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/58457

The reason I made Frankenduster was I had already made a Thien separator last year, and it worked fairly decently. I just had tubes running all around the shops, and that affected the cyclonic action of the separator. When I saw Lance's project, I thought it might work for me. I liked the idea of moving the separator to the machine. Less distance for the suction to travel.

btw, the connection between the motor and separator is not in these pictures.

MISTAKES I MADE.

I didn't think about the output from the DC motor properly. I had the local metal shop guys weld a mount on the motor for me. The problem is I didn't think ahead to make sure that the alignment from the motor to the dust bags was STRAIGHT. So it has those two crazy 45 degree angles in it.

I LUCKED OUT with the mount. Again, I didn't plan proper and didn't explain EXACTLY what I wanted from the metal shop guys. I thought I had explained I wanted two brackets made to go on. Unfortunately, the fellow who did the actual work only heard "4×4" post because I was going to use some 4×4s I had for the mounting frame. Ugh. Luckily the mount worked out properly, and made for the fortuitous use of the extra 4×4 to place the motor over the separator a little better.

I may have to add extra supports over motor and dust bag holder later.

And it rolls crummy…

So, BEHOLD, FRANKENDUSTER!

May your projects turn out better then mine… (and that won't take a lot of work, believe me… ;)

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Unless you have done this 50 times all projects become a pain in the ass at one point or another. I am building a cyclone DC out of all wood, you want to talk pain in the ass, check this monster out HERE
It looks like the Apollo 13 return shuttle turned upside down, ha, ha.
As long as it works, improvements can be made, for wheels I recommend HF 3" locking swivel casters for your DC, there about $4 each and work great. I'm still upgrading stuff I made 15 years ago.
Keep on going at it, all things in due time.
 

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The best part is it only cost me something like 10 bucks because I already had almost everything I need. The 45 degree angle for the dust output and a little bit of wood for the base. Oh yeah…
 

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Hi Milo. I enjoyed your Frankenduster and your description of the work leading up to it. A simple sketch with the dimensions clearly noted for each component is a must whenever you get something fabricated. I'm sure you know that now, but I just thought I would rub it in a little, lol. Your beast would take up half of my shop, but I wish I had the space for something like that. Great job and an worthwhile shop improvement.
 

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Only $10, SCORE! I'm up to $8 on mine everything else was from pallets or construction left overs from a friend. I had to by the 2×4's for the bottom carcass.and the draw catches for the bottom containment.
 

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Dearest Stefang.

Sppplllllttttt!

;)
 

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Great description! It may just be the pictures, but it looks to me that if you flipped the bags over you'd have a cleaner shot between the motor and the bags.
 

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Looks good Milo! Mine's working like a champ still to this day!
 

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And it rolls crummy… I laughed so hard it hurt, I think were related somehow.
 

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Milo, looking closely at your blast gates, they look a lot like the ones on my system. If the are the plastic sliders type, you may want to make one of these to help clean out the tracks when they clog.

http://lumberjocks.com/lew/blog/24709
 

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Phil,

I can't, that metal midsection in funneled so the dust falls downward. If I flipped it the dust would pile up around the edge.

Then again, IDEALLY, that shouldn't happen. Maybe I'll try it and see what happens. Thanks for the suggestion!

Thanks Lance!

308Gap - ;-)

lew, that looks cool… I'm doing it tonight!

Thanks gang!
 

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The frankendooster, a tool after my heart.

One thing I've always wondered about pre-collectors built like yours is how do you get the lid off the trashcan to empty it when the motor is right above it? Is there enough slop in the hose or do you disconect the hose, or just muscle the motor aside? Isn't the Thein mounted to the bottom of the trashcan lid and doesn't that get in the way?

Inquiring minds want to know.
 

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JC,

Hope you see this. Sorry it took so long to post back to you.

The hose is flexible 4" tubing. I just reach in and pull it up off the lid, then slide the can out of the way. Then I pull the lib off when it is out from under the motor.

Milo
 
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